• Marcin Gortat
    C, Washington Wizards

    Marcin Gortat will once again draw the start against the Raptors for Game 3.

    There was some speculation that Mike Scott would replace Gortat in the starting lineup but coach Scott Brooks decided to keep The Polish Hammer in there, most likely due to having some size to combat Jonas Valanciunas. Scott (17.0 points per game on 70 percent shooting from the floor) has been outplaying Gortat (6.0 points, 4.5 boards) all series and remains the better option.

    Source: Chris Miller on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid has been ruled out for Saturday's face-off against the Cavs with a right hip contusion.

    Without Embiid the Sixers will rely on Al Horford at the center spot more often, and we should see more of Mike Scott and Kyle O'Quinn.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Ty Jerome
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Ty Jerome is probable with a right ankle sprain for Saturday's game against the Rockets.

    Jerome is an interesting prospect but is still raw by fantasy standards. In dynasty formats he has some promise but is just on the edge of streaming options in deeper leagues for now.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aaron Baynes has been ruled out for Saturday's matchup with the Rockets with a strained left calf.

    Baynes getting ruled out a day in advance indicates he is not too close to a return. This has been a frustrating wait and Deandre Ayton is not so far away from reentering the equation.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies declined to say anything about Ja Morant's ability to play on Saturday after he went through parts of practice on Friday.

    This news was a surprise as the last update we had was Morant being week-to-week. It seems unlikely the Grizzlies would just roll Morant out there tomorrow as he has not even completed a full practice yet, but perhaps we will see him sooner than expected. Either way, this news is a positive sign.

    Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that head coach David Fizdale has been fired by the New York Knicks.

    So ends a brutal run for David Fizdale, going 21-83 over the course of two seasons. You can't really blame him for this team's failure though. Fantasy wise, the Knicks have been getting blown out rapidly of late. Keeping the games semi-competitive should give the starters more consistent minutes. This could be good news for youngsters like Mitchell Robinson, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, as the focus could shift to youth development under a new head coach. Under James Dolan's watch anything can happen though, it is hard to expect any major fantasy prospect to emerge from the shakeup.

    Source: ESPN

  • Marvin Bagley III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Marvin Bagley (right thumb fracture) is out for Friday's tilt with the Spurs.

    Bagley is homing in on a return, but is not there quite yet. When he does Nemanja Bjeclia will take a big hit, and Richaun Holmes will be impacted to a degree.

    Source: Jason Jones on Twitter

  • Mike Conley
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Mike Conley (hamstring) went through portions of practice on Friday.

    He missed the Jazz's game vs. the Lakers on Wednesday but it looks like he's making progress and could return for their game vs. the Grizzlies tomorrow. If not, Joe Ingles will likely continue to start in his place.

    Source: Erik Waldon on Twitter

  • Ian Mahinmi
    C, Washington Wizards

    Ian Mahinmi (rest) will not suit up for Friday's matchup vs. the Heat.

    It's the second night of a back-to-back for the Wizards and Mahinmi is just returning from a strained achilles injured that kept him out since early October. They're going to be cautious with him due to their lack of depth at center and he could eventually end up serving a nice role for the Wizards this season.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Markieff Morris (neck strain) is being considered questionable heading into Friday's matchup vs. the Pacers.

    He jammed his neck earlier this week but was able to return after coming back from the locker room. He played 15 minutes in Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks but wasn't very productive and even if he does suit up on Friday he shouldn't be in anyone's lineups.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Isaiah Thomas
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Isaiah Thomas (left calf strain) has been ruled out on Friday vs. the Heat.

    This will be his second straight absence as he missed Thursday's game as well. Before injuring his calf, Thomas was coming off of a 20 point, five rebounds, seven assist, two triples and one block outing and may have been starting to turn things around. Hopefully this calf strain doesn't keep him out long but while it does expect Ish Smith to continue to soak up minutes.

    Source: NBA Injury Report